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How To Boost Your Borrowing Capacity as an Aussie Expat

“The most important phrase in the world of money is cash flow. The second most important is leverage.” Rich Dad, Poor Dad   If you’re an Aussie expat living and working overseas, and you’ve tried to either refinance your existing loans in Australia, or borrow new funds, then chances are you’ve experienced just how difficult [...]

FX – The Key Risk to Australian Expats

From Trump’s tough stance on China to the political instability throughout most European nations, there is no doubt that volatility is on the rise. The year, particularly the last quarter, has been a key reminder for most investors that asset prices don’t always head up in a straight line, and will at times see a [...]

Australian Expat Guide to Bringing Pets to Singapore

When it comes to deciding to relocate to Singapore as an Australian expat, an important consideration is how to bring the four-legged member of your family. After all, for many families their pet dog or cat is just as much a member of the family as the kids, so it’s important that you know what [...]

Top 10 Tips to Financially Prepare to Start a Family

Starting a family and raising young children in Singapore can certainly be very different to doing so back home in Australia. The access to helpers and babysitters who can live in your house or visit regularly to allow you to return to work sooner, high costs of both day-care and early childhood education and for [...]

10 Things I Miss About Australia

As an Australian expat living and working in Singapore, there are certainly things I miss about my homeland, and I’m reminded of these when visiting family or visiting the country. We are truly blessed to call home a country with arguably the best beaches in the world, friendly and easy going nature of most people, [...]

Top Ten Reasons I Enjoy Living in Singapore

It comes to me as no surprise that Singapore has yet again, for a fourth year in a row, taken out first place as the expat destination of choice in both the Atlas Wealth Management Survey and the Expat Explorer Survey carried out by HSBC. Both the competitive salaries and quality of childcare and education [...]

Franking Credits for Aussie Expats

Franking credits form a very important element of the Australian tax system, and providing you’re willing to invest the time to understand how they work, or work with an Adviser who does, you can significantly improve your personal finances. Many countries around the world have franking credits including Australia. Whether you’re living and working in [...]

Is My Life Insurance Valid?

Many of our clients often hold both Life and Total & Permanent Disability Insurance inside their superannuation funds, as is often the case for Australian expats. The issue with this for many is that the insurance became invalid when they changed their country of residence, which they would often only discover at the point they [...]

Positive vs Negative Gearing for Aussie Expats

Gearing when it comes to property investment can be a powerful strategy for you as both an Australian expat or as a resident, as long as you are making informed choices. We are constantly bombarded with misinformation and everyone has their own opinion about whether positive or negative gearing is the right strategy. Firstly, it’s [...]

Money Lessons from Crazy Rich Asians

After buying her the book on one of our recent flights, it was time to take my better half to see the movie that is front of mind for most in Singapore and across the continent, Crazy Rich Asians. The story is the perfect combination of a modern Cinderella fairy tale, a highlight of the [...]